TARPON SPRINGS - People wanting to reduce the crime in the area near Spring Bayou had been eagerly awaiting the Oct. 3 meeting of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, hoping it would produce one possible way of dealing with the problem.
TARPON SPRINGS - City officials and residents wished a happy retirement to now-former Fire Chief Rick Butcher, welcomed new Chief Scott Young and congratulated six additional firefighters on promotions during the Changing of Command ceremony, Wednesday, Sept. 6.
After 39 years of service, Butcher retired from the Tarpon Springs Fire Department. Current and former city commissioners, City Manager Mark LeCouris, Tarpon Arts Director Diane Wood, County Commissioner Dave Eggers, a representative from U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ office and Tarpon Springs Police Chief Robert Kochen were all present for the ceremony.
TARPON SPRINGS - The last time Melissa Vigil went through a hurricane, the barometric pressure forced her water to break, and her son came two weeks early.
His birthday is right in the middle of hurricane season, Sept. 7, 2004, when Ivan, Francis and Katrina were all on Floridian’s radar.
Now, 13 years later, Vigil shares her experience on going through another monster hurricane.
Vigil, volunteer and board member of the Tarpon Springs Jr. Spongers currently living in Trent Wood Manor, has lived in Tarpon Springs since 2001, but has been a Florida resident since 1997. Hurricanes weren’t necessarily new to her, but she hadn’t experienced anything major since her son’s birth.
TARPON SPRINGS - The Pinellas County government hosted a valve-turning ceremony on Thursday, July 20, at 11 a.m., at the S.K. Keller Water Treatment Plant, 3655 Keller Circle, in the East Lake area of Tarpon Springs.
Commissioner Janet Long from the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners spoke during the event, informing audience members of the facility having the latest in energy-saving technology, centralized operations, new booster pumps, maintenance, warehousing, and training facilities in the Category 3 hurricane-rated building. The new electrical building can withstand a Category 5 storm.
TARPON SPRINGS - For Boy Scouts, every merit badge is an achievement, but some are even more special to the boys, their parents and Scout leaders.
Troop 106 out of Tarpon Springs had one of those special moments when five of their Scouts received their Open Water Scuba Diving Certification, one of the hardest merit badges to earn in the Boy Scouts, said Scout Master Rick Hardin.
“You don’t often see the scuba diving merit badge,” Hardin said.
To receive the badge, Scouts have to become certified.
TARPON SPRINGS - City staff gave a showcase presentation on the improvements it has made to the irrigation system at Cycadia Cemetery.
“An irrigation system properly functioning is the foundation of having a healthy turf, attractive grounds, something that we believe we owe to the community to respect those that have passed before us,” Public Service Director Paul Smith said in kicking off the presentation.
As a perpetual care facility, the city-owned burial ground is something that will be taken care of by staff for the foreseeable future and will constantly require updates.
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs is looking to hit undelete on one of Gov. Rick Scott’s budget vetoes. Commissioner Rea Sieber called for an addendum to the June 6 City Commission agenda to discuss Scott’s veto of the Anclote River dredge project funding in the budget for the state’s 2018 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
On Friday, June 2, the commissioners received word that the governor would use his veto power to remove close to $11.9 billion dollars from the coming state budget.
TARPON SPRINGS - Kansas City has a barbeque history that goes back as early as the 1900’s, and after a Missouri native made his way to Tarpon Springs, he made sure to bring a little bit of that culinary history with him.
Mike Kaiser and his wife Nancy’s barbeque spot, KCQue has recently moved from a small spot at 900 Backwater Drive in Tarpon Springs to their new and fully renovated spot in downtown. Their story started long before that, though.
Mike Kaiser was a competition barbequer back in Missouri.
TARPON SPRINGS -- When looking for workout styles and plans, many people look towards running, CrossFit, Zumba, general gym-going and even dance. Erin Taliah’s Hipnique Studio’s is bringing women another option: belly dance.
Bellydance by Taliah relocated to 39334 U.S. 19 N., in Bradley Plaza, from Trinity about three weeks ago, but Taliah’s journey started long before then.
“During all of my 20s I traveled the world,” Taliah said. She decided to delay college and do humanitarian work overseas.
TARPON SPRINGS - For the third time, the City Commission has explored possible ways to spend the city’s share of Penny for Pinellas revenue if the countywide special sales tax levy wins another 10-year lease on life.
They aren’t, however, done yet.
The latest perusal of the city’s list of possible Penny for Pinellas-funded city infrastructure projects came during the commission’s May 2 meeting.
After the commission’s previous meeting, a comprehensive list of proposed Penny projects from 2020 until 2030 were listed on the city website.